James Blunt is set to go head-to-head with Piers Morgan in the official book charts, as both stars are dropping new releases, and let’s just say he’s feeling confident.
The You’re Beautiful hit-maker, 46, has become something of a Twitter sensation in recent years and his new release, How To Be A Complete and Utter Blunt: Diary of a Reluctant Social Media Sensation, is basically a diary of his online persona.
It’s a look back at some of his most epic tweets and his thoughts on what it takes to be a social media king, with James’ read – that he pitches as ‘the perfect book for when you’re on the loo – dropping on Thursday.
Piers’ book, titled Wake Up, meanwhile, urges the nation to ‘come to its senses’ while reflecting on the global pandemic and calling out for the return of free speech.
It first hit shelves two weeks ago and is currently sitting in the top 10 of Amazon’s best-sellers, but James is confident that in the battle of the books, it’ll be him who comes out on top and not Piers.
Rallying up the troops, James had tweeted: ‘Looks like 2020 just brought you the biggest battle since @Blur vs. @Oasis. To the death @piersmorgan.’
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, James just couldn’t resist mercilessly mocking Good Morning Britain’s Piers when asked if he was feeling confident ahead of his book chart battle.
‘It’s really a very clear choice for the public – it’s good versus evil. it’s good versus bad,’ Jame teased. ‘We hope they make the right choice.’
Keeping tabs on his competition, James said that he had seen Piers sitting at number six in the top 10 of the book charts.
‘I wanted to congratulate Piers, his book is out already and he’s come out as number six in the top 10 and he seems thrilled at that,’ James ribbed.
‘If six is good, then I’m thrilled for him. I can’t remember if that’s, what, gold… bronze… or silver – whatever that is, if six is good, then I’m super happy about that.’
The singer’s book is something he decided to put together over lockdown to document his Twitter highs and lows, including a fight with MP Chris Bryant and a run in with Noel Gallagher.
Revealing why he decided to put it together, James, being his usually witty self, told us: ‘I think, really, as a nation is that we have a choice. Either I’m going to do live music or you can put out a global pandemic to stop me doing it, then I will bring out other work instead.’
‘The pandemic might cancel my tour and everyone says that’s a silver lining, but every silver lining has a cloud and that cloud is bringing out a book,’ he joked.
Asked what he thinks is the key to owning Twitter, James insisted that it’s being able to ‘not take yourself too seriously’ online, and while he’s more than happy to poke fun at himself and what others might say, he admits that, actually, he thinks social media is pretty ‘horrible’.
‘I think it’s really nasty and that it brings out the worst in people. I think we should probably quit… It really does bring out the worst in humans, but again, once you know that, you can laugh at it,’ James said.
Forced off tour due to the coronavirus pandemic, James has spent lockdown reliving his tweets of days past and helping to give back to the NHS, who he calls the ‘heroes of 2020’.
He even presented a show on hospital radio for patients to tune into, joking: ‘To volunteer and lower morale in hospitals on the radio seemed like an obvious thing to do too – it was perhaps more painful for those one the receiving end.’
James said of the NHS: ‘This year, my father needed a kidney transplant in January, the NHS was obviously the ones that looked after him, so I’d already gone into this year blown away by seeing them in action.
‘Then seeing them being the heroes of 2020 and the pandemic, it seemed very obvious that my next single called The Greatest, which was [initially] about my children, that the funds went to the NHS.’
How To Be A Complete and Utter Blunt: Diary of a Reluctant Social Media Sensation by James Blunt is published by Constable, out November 5.
Credit: Original article published here.